Alice Jay - Avaaz.org <firstname.lastname@example.org>I cannot watch another child killed in Syria
30 maj 2012 22:35
The pictures from Al
Houla, Syria, last Friday are almost too brutal to look at. I have a 5 year
old daughter and I know it's only luck of birth that separates her from this
horror. But my shock led me to write this today as I know there is something
we can all do together to stop this.
picture shows the bloodied bodies of dozens of innocent children, brutally
murdered by the Syrian regime. As a parent, these images are almost
unbearable, but I know we must not look away -- and that we can help end this
slaughter. Our governments are deciding what to do right now. But they will
settle for hand wringing diplomacy unless we demand firm action. Sign the
urgent petition to send in thousands of UN monitors to protect the Syrian people
in every region now:
Dozens of children lie covered
with blood, their faces show the fear they felt before death, and their innocent
lifeless bodies reveal an unspeakable massacre. These children were
slaughtered by men under strict orders to sow terror. Yet all the diplomats have
come up with so far is a few UN monitors 'observing' the violence. Now,
governments across the world are expelling Syrian ambassadors, but unless we
demand strong action on the ground, they will settle for these diplomatic
The UN is discussing what to do right now. If there
were a large international presence across Syria with a mandate to protect
civilians, we could prevent the worst massacres while leaders engage
in political efforts to resolve the conflict. I cannot see more images like
these without shouting from the rooftops. But to stop the violence, it is going
to take all of us, with one voice, demanding protection for these kids and their
families. Click to call for UN action now and send this to
child's death is tragic in any circumstance. The UN says 108 people were
killed in the onslaught, 49 of them children under the age of 10, and the
youngest was a 2 year old girl. 90% of the population of Al Houla has now
fled their homes. As I put my daughter to bed last night, I tried to consider
what the mothers and fathers and grandparents of these children feel. The sheer
pain and desperation is unimaginable, but there will also be deep anger and hate
for those that did this. Until all of us stop these attacks on the people of
Syria, the cycle of violence will not end.
Let's not forget -- this
bloodbath began over a year ago with thousands of people peacefully protesting
on the streets -- calling, like their brothers and sisters across the region,
for freedom and democracy. But the regime responded with brutality and
violence -- murdering, torturing, abducting and laying siege to entire cities.
The international community did not intervene, letting geopolitical concerns
obstruct our responsibility to protect. Then, in desperation to protect their
families and fight back against the repression, some took up arms. Now it is an
armed conflict -- and if the world continues to do nothing it will become a
full blown sectarian war that may last for generations and breed the kind of
terrorist attacks we have yet to imagine in our worst nightmares.
dozens of children are murdered in cold blood by the army and their militias --
it is time for serious action. Assad, his henchmen and his murderous army
must be held to account and the people of Syria protected. Nothing the
international community has done yet has pried Assad from his murderous grip on
power. The few UN monitors on the ground were powerless to stop the Al Houla
killings -- they only served to count the tiny bodies. But if we sent in
hundreds of monitors to each of the fourteen regions of Syria, Assad's assassins
would think twice.
The world looked away with Srebrenica, and with
Rwanda. If all of us respond today -- we can make sure that these children's
tragic deaths act as the tipping point for all of us everywhere to say NO MORE!
But if we turn away, so will our leaders. Let's join voices from every corner of
the earth and make it impossible for our leaders to ignore our cry. In respect
for these dear children and their families, click to join the global call to
demand a massive UN presence on the ground now!
Avaaz community has stood with the people of Syria for fifteen months,
denouncing the Syrian regime, calling for sanctions, supporting communities
across the country with aid, and giving equipment to citizen journalists to get
the word out about the violence. Let's today make the Al Houla massacre the
watershed moment for change and insist that our governments no longer stand by
shaking their heads and turning their backs.
With deep sadness and
Alice and the whole Avaaz team
Annan: 'Bold steps' needed for Syria peace (Al Jazeera)
envoy 'horrified' by Syria massacre, 108 dead (AP)
Fresh violence in Syria despite Annan warning (BBC)
Exclusive dispatch: Assad blamed for massacre of the innocents (The
Syrian Ambassadors expelled (The Guardian)
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